Jackie Cochran's Blog – December 2009 Archive (3)

The End of the Year



Ah, the last week of the year. Since I won't get to ride this week, I decided to reflect on this past year.



I went to my calender and counted all the horses I rode and all the times I rode this past year. I had a pretty good year, I went over my goal of averaging at least one ride a week, though some weeks I did not ride at all. All together I rode 80 times.



I also achieved my goal of riding more horses, I got up on 6 different horses this year, though on…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on December 27, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

My Jumping Cavesson Brings out Cooperation



We barely missed out the blizzard of 2009 down here in Stanly Co., NC. We got some sleet, a little snow, an inch of rain and lots and lots of puddles and mud. In spite of the drama with the weather I rode three times this week.



I got tired of warming up my bits before I ride so I dragged out my old Jumping Cavesson bridle (you can see it in my pictures, Numbers 5, 6, and 7,) and used it…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on December 20, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Riding Gives Me Back My Body



With MS, even if I am not having an "attack", my body can rapidly worsen. In the past three weeks I had a gradual decline in physical ability, one that I did not notice at first. Last week was the worst, three times when I walked without my canes I'd loose my balance unexpectedly, start staggering, and almost fall. I did not fall because riding has helped me recognize when I lose my balance, and because my thigh muscles are strong enough to keep me on my feet long enough so I…

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Added by Jackie Cochran on December 13, 2009 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

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